We all know about the shipping restrictions on Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Apple Store etc. They don’t just have package shipping restrictions but also payment restrictions; some don’t want to accept our credit cards while others simply say we accept PayPal only! Then there is the inevitable delivery restriction that so many countries believe in enforcing…
We have already talked about how one can get a decent payment solution in our post of Virtual Debit Cards and we have also covered how to buy items from Google Play Store of your choice, but here we will focus on getting the packages forwarded to you from websites that don’t allow shipping outside US or UK or the country of your choice.
How Parcel Forwarding Services Really Work
These services simply give you an address when you sign up with them. Once you have signed up with them, you can use that shipping address at Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, stores etc to ship your purchases to your new address. Depending on the level of service they provide, the forwarding company will ship these purchases to you in your home country at your designated address.
US Parcel Forwarding Services
USgoBuy gives you a tax-free US address in Portland, Oregon and they don’t charge for storage till 90 days are up. There is no charge in the consolidation or for repackaging. They offer 7 free photos a month for your parcels. They are only a parcel forwarding service and do not cater to snail mail forwarding. Currently USgoBuy ships via USPS, DHL and FedEx and accept payments via PayPal, Credit Cards, Webmoney and My E-wallet to pay shipping fee online. Just for your info, there are only two ways to charge the E-wallet, one is the Western Union and the other is Wire Transfer. And you can use most credit cards through your PayPal account, including American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and Visa. You can also withdraw the money back to your PayPal account or Webmoney account.
Shopfans gives two free addresses in the USA; one in Pennsylvania and another in 100% tax-free Delaware. There is no monthly or yearly fee involved with Shopfans as well as no signup fee. When using their service, I found them always online and ready to help with any issue. Their support staff works according to the time zone for each delivery region they specialise in i.e. Australia, Brazil, Russia, Middle East (Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc), Japan, China time – hence, their chat is always online to help. This doesn’t mean you cannot use their service for deliveries to other countries but rather you will not get the shipping discounts they offer in select regions. You can store your parcels for 75 days but once they are consolidated into shipments, then you have 14 days of free storage. You should know that their consolidation is free, and their FAQ is fairly simple and covers everything. You should definitely check out their prices as well (keep in mind that they have different versions of their website available in many languages: English, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, etc. Shopfans send an email every time there is an update at their end, so you should check your junk mail if you see status updates. They accept payments via PayPal, AliPay and credit card. There is a tedious process of getting your payment approved though however since their support staff is online, you can message them to let them know you’ve paid so they can approve it quickly and your account balance is corrected. The pictures Shopfans took were pretty snazzy and their packaging was exceptional. They ship via DHL, USPS and via their own shipping methods but these vary by country. I only had USPS available and although it generally takes 6-12 days for them to deliver, my items arrived in 4 days – and that’s a record! They can be contacted via email, contact form, and online chat.
BedaBox gives a free parcel forwarding address in the state of Florida, USA and also offer 30-days of a free storage unit that accepts snail mail as well as parcels. Their assisted shopper costs you an 8% of the purchase price with the credit card fee included. BedaBox claims to handle everything between a toy car to an actual full-sized car, so if you are in the market for large items, then you can definitely use their service because they are equipped to handle huge shipments but remember to inform them in advance first. Their rating on sitejabber and TrustPilot are good and the BBA rating is quite high as well and I would second that because speaking from personal experience, the support-staff is very prompt and accommodating too. The web interface is simple to use and you don’t need an extra brain to understand how their dashboard works. If you still need help or want to ask questions or make requests, it can all be done via the dashboard. Additionally, they can be contacted via phone, email, and an online form as well. And note, when they do reply you can see their contact numbers too so you can always give that very responder a call and get further clarification on something you missed. You can request for pictures via the dashboard or get invoices removed etc. or simply ship your parcel as. They ship items via USPS, FedEx and DHL however, I didn’t see FedEx on my list when I used their service but one can never go wrong with DHL or USPS which is extremely reliable (even if the tracking is off by a few hours). BedaBox accepts payments via credit cards, PayPal, bank or wire transfer, personal checks and BitCoin. If you want to check out their great prices then do note that they don’t charge anything for consolidation, receiving items or the storage unit. If you sign-up via TechVise, you get $5 in your BedaBox account which you can use towards your future shipments.
USendHome gives a free address in New Jersey, USA. No monthly or setup fee. They also don’t have a verification system which means that once you sign-up, you can start shipping them your items from online stores. They offer 30 days of free storage but there is a distribution; you get 10 days of free storage for a single parcel and once the parcels are consolidated, then you have another 20 days. You can read more about USendHome services and pricing but from my experience, the only thing that struck me as expensive was their customs declaration fee. USendHome doesn’t cater to assisted shopping but their ‘customized service’ is pretty cool because with that you can ask them to test your items. I didn’t need to use this particular service but had I ordered a tracking device, I would have told them to test it out on a dog or a car. Their dashboard is fairly easy to understand and has a very minimal layout also. All the extra services can be ordered directly from the control panel and if you already know which particular service you will want to use then you should order those from before because that way you save 20%. And, if you use more than one service of theirs then you get 10% off of that bundle. Their express checkout took about 30 minutes however if you don’t want express checkout then the average is also pretty good. USendHome accepts payments via PayPal and credit cards and they ship via FedEx and USPS. You can track your packages directly from your control panel. They also support Amazon calculator which gives you an estimated shipping rates for Amazon’s items in 1 click and automatic package tracking system. Speaking of Amazon, USendHome also launched their Amazon Worldwide Shipping Chrome extension that calculates the optimal international shipping solution for all products in shopping cart straight from Amazon.com website. They ship multiple products in 1 shipment, saving the customers up to 80% off standard shipping rates. You can read more about it in here. If you need to get in touch, the live chat is pretty quick and there is also email and an online form. You can check their reviews/testimonials on SiteJabber (and note their contact number from there) to verify their level of service. In my opinion, it was very quick and very smooth. If you want an additional discount towards shipment the please insert the voucher code SHPOFF10 at checkout to get a further 10% off towards your first shipping.
With Vyking Ship, you get a free account in Minnesota, the USA where your mail and parcels can relax for 180 days at no cost to you. This is by far the only service which doesn’t come with an asterisk and extra conditions to get 180 days of free storage. You don’t pay a dime to sign up and nor is there a monthly or yearly fee to get your hopes down. Their assisted shopping service is charged at 5% fee of the total purchase price and you pay for this via PayPal only. They have quite a few services to offer and they all come for a reasonable fee. You can get your invoice and price-tags removed, order more pictures (1 is free and is automatically uploaded showing your parcel from outside so you can gauge the condition of your arriving parcel), customs declared, security tape added, expedite your processing, add package consolidation, repackage the parcels and ask for a custom request. In my experience, Vyking Ship‘s service was great and very much reliable. I had a few custom requests and had also asked for expedited processing so while I was online, their customer service rep got in touch with via online chat and walked me through my custom requests and gave me all the answers and clarifications that I had asked for regarding my items. Furthermore, he stayed online and walked me through the whole payment process and shipping, which I did not expect and in under 1 hour, my items were consolidated and I had my tracking number. So they truly go by their word and you can always check out what other users have to say about them. They accept payments via verified PayPal accounts, Western Union, Bank Wire Transfers and of course, all major credit cards. You can contact them via email, chat or phone number. They ship via DHL Express, FedEx, and USPS. Did I mention their reps are very fast in replying? Use our referral code 2193 during registration and get $5 USD off your first shipment.
Stackry is a free and highly recommended parcel forwarding service. The free address Stackry provides is in Nashua, USA which is a tax-free zone. They also offer personal shopper services at 8% of the total price + $10 for each online store along with other services like consolidation, repackaging, and pictures etc. Stackry accepts payments via Skrill, PayPal, and wire transfer. They ship everywhere and if you want they can test out your items and of course, there is no cost if your items are kept in their stack for 45 days. Their customer support is prompt and being a user of their services I know they are very reliable. Stackry‘s preferred carriers are FedEx, DHL, and USPS and they all provide tracking facility as well. All the text links provided here are personalised Stackry referrers which mean you get a 10$ discount on the first shipment after your signup. If you want your snail mail delivered to their address, you will need to confirm first. If you still wish to know what users have to say then do check the reviews on SiteJabber.
MyUS is one of the oldest parcel forwarders in the US. They give a US address in Florida, which means there will be taxes when shipping to this address. But that should be the least of your worries because their customer service is quick and reliable, their packaging, efficient and snazzy. Although their prices are on the higher side but if you have the budget for it then go for MyUS. They have 3 types of accounts; a one-time account setup fee of $10 is taken for Basic and no monthly charges are involved here. $20 for Premium Plan which comes with a $7 monthly fee and a one-time $35 for Premium+Mail membership which calls for a $20 monthly charge. With the basic package, you get 5 days of free storage whereas you get 30 days storage with the other two memberships. They provide a number of services including free package consolidation, free repackaging, no charges for dimensional weight, and receiving mail etc. There is also a 20% discount off your first shipment for TechVise readers and all paid memberships come with a 30-day trial. They have implemented a revolutionary pricing model called TruePrice where they only charge for the weight of the consolidated shipment (a big plus, if you are using courier services). MyUS ships globally via DHL, FedEx, and UPS and to pay for shipping, you can use your credit card, debit card (should support online international transactions), PayPal, check/money order and wire transfer. They have a chat system in place for consumers who wish to be answered promptly, but this only works during US business hours. Their email replies are very quick. Photos are of OK quality but if you need something more customised, you simply have to ask and they will get it done. The entire attitude of MyUS is ‘we are in business because of you’ not … ‘you need us so deal with what we’re offering’. I must have sent across a bunch of emails and got intelligent responses. I did not try the personal shopper experience but I’m sure that would have been a great experience too. And… before I forget, their dashboard… is one of a kind. I mean it was nothing special and yet it’s spectacular. Other services they offer are: inspect packages, split package, return to sender, abandon package, advanced photos, and ofcourse, normal photos. Their iOS app is as smooth as their website so I’m going to take a wild guess and say that their Android app is probably as good.
Shipito is a very popular service that gives you 3 addresses in US region and 1 in Europe. Their address giving rule is tricky so I’ll get to that bit a little later. They offer 24/7 live support, which is just awesome! Additionally, they also have a contact number you can call and an email that they promptly reply with but generic answers. They give 90 days of free storage which is very rare and they also have a refund policy of 30 days. Now the tricky stuff; their address in Nevada gives you 180 days of free storage and this account is free but you can only get 1 package in this warehouse address which is very limiting, and, there is a $1 fee also to receive it! This so-called free account does need $5 deposit. I don’t know why they call it free, because it is really not free (or hassle-free from any angle). Anyhow, the other two addresses you are given in this free (with an asterisk) account are in California and Oregon. In the event that you want to go for a paid account with Shipito, then you also get the Europe account too which is in Austria and the charges are $10/Month. They offer 2 free pictures of the outside of the parcel and if you want the content pictures then you have to pay $2. They have express processing for $5 and personal shopper price starts at $8.50. They accept payments via credit cards, PayPal, bitcoin and wire transfer. They ship via DHL, FedEx, USPS, TNT and a few more, making them the only parcel forwarding service that we know of that gives the most number & variety of shipping options. Additionally, they have apps for iOS and Android devices too. I have not used their service and don’t plan to in the future because there a few things that just don’t add up and their chat reps didn’t know the answer as well.
ExpressFromUS offers two free addresses in Pennsylvania and Delaware, USA. They also have free consolidation, free repackaging and 60 days of free storage. They do charge for pictures, incoming parcels, quality check, additional packaging material. You can see their full list of prices and their delivery methods directly on their website. You should note that while they give 60 days of free storage, once the parcels have been consolidated, you then have only 5 days before they start charging you. So basically you can collect your parcels in their warehouses for 60 days but once they are consolidated, you better ship them out fast. They accept all credit cards, PayPal, bank wire transfer, Western Union, BitCoin and also MoneyGram for payment. Please note that you have to inform them in advance of all incoming parcels. They can be contacted via email, phone, online message but sadly no live chat as yet. You can, however, check out their reviews on SiteJabber.
AmForward gives a free US address in Oregon with 60+ days of free storage. They have 3 types of memberships; pay-per-use, standard and premium. All the memberships are free to signup but only the pay-per-use plan has no monthly or yearly fee involved in it. The other two plans come with a fee. Per-per-use plan also offers 60 days of free storage whereas the other two offer a generous 75 and 90 days of free storage. They have the usual services which you have to pay for and hence can look up their pricing sheet and compare it to others out there. They offer free consolidation and from the looks of it (and the testimonials), they seem like a decent parcel forwarding service. They accept payments via credit cards and PayPal. They can ship to you using DHL, FedEx, USPS and UPS. If you want to get in touch, there is just one method: submit a ticket online.
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